Definition of phone verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

phone

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they phone
BrE BrE//fəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊn//
 
he / she / it phones
BrE BrE//fəʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊnz//
 
past simple phoned
BrE BrE//fəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊnd//
 
past participle phoned
BrE BrE//fəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//foʊnd//
 
-ing form phoning
BrE BrE//ˈfəʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊnɪŋ//
 
Making calls
 
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 (especially British English) (British English also phone up) [intransitive, transitive] to make a telephone call to somebody synonym call I was just phoning up for a chat. He phoned to invite me out for dinner. Someone phone for an ambulance! Could you phone back later? He phoned home, but there was no reply. I’m phoning about your ad in the paper. phone somebody/something Don't forget to phone New York. For reservations, phone 020 281 3964. Phone them up and find out when they are coming. British/​Americanphone / call / ringVerbs In British English, to phone, to ring and to call are the usual ways of saying to telephone. In North American English the most common word is call, but phone is also used. Speakers of North American English do not say ring. Telephone is very formal and is used mainly in British English.Nouns You can use call or phone call (more formal) in both British English and North American English:Were there any phone calls for me? How do I make a local call? The idiom give somebody a call is also common:I’ll give you a call tonight. In informal British English you could also say:I’ll give you a ring tonight. Wordfinderarea code, call, dial, engaged, hold, line, message, phone, ring off, voicemail See related entries: Making callsExtra examples Could you phone me back later? Dan phoned for a taxi. Jane phoned up about the meal tonight. She phoned home to say she’d be late. You can phone me on this number. For reservations, phone 0207 281 3964. He phoned home, but there was no reply. I’m phoning about your ad in the paper. Phrasal Verbsphone inphone somethingin
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